Gayle King has reportedly accepted Snoop Dogg‘s apology.
The CBS Morning Show host issued a statement to NBC News on Friday, February 14th. Said King :
I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss. As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times. I don’t always get it perfect but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.
The acceptance comes after Snoop’s remarks about King’s reference to Kobe Bryant‘s 2003 rape case in an interview with his longtime friend, Lisa Leslie, after the ball player’s death. King was dragged from pillar to post last week when a short clip shared by CBS went viral of her asking about the rape charge.
The consensus view of Kobe fans has been that the line of questioning was ill-timed, inappropriate and disrespectful to the Bryant family. But, despite the backlash, King is still hailed from certain corners of the media world as being 100% right (as a journalist) to drudge up the past.
Many voiced their opposition about the interview. But, none so poignantly as Snoop, who in addition to calling King out, was accused of threatening her. After push back from King’s supporters Snoop refuted the allegation that he intended harm to come to her and took to Instagram to explain that his comments were misread.
In an apology issued by Snoop via Instagram on Wednesday, February 12th, he said: “Two wrongs don’t make no right. When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it. So with that being said: Gayle King I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off emotions…”
King has also expressed regret for her words, laying blame on CBS for posting the small clip from her overall interview, unbeknownst to her. She said she too felt the clip was “jarring” to watch.
King has not apologized to the Bryant family.
What can potentially be gleaned from these events, is that both Gayle King and Snoop Dogg made statements they regret. In the words of writer, Publilius Syrus, “I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”